Category: External News

Opinion: How do we fund Australia’s herd rebuilding when the bank account is empty?

Beef Central’s guest commentator Simon Quilty ponders how the Australian cattle industry will rebuild after drought, with an empty bank account. He estimates that $800 million to $1 billion of additional finance will be needed in the first year of the rebuilding phase. Source: Beef Central Opinion: How do we fund Australia’s herd rebuilding… Read more »

WoolProducers seeks new Foot and Mouth Disease trainees

PEAK wool grower body WoolProducers Australia is seeking nominations from industry people interested in real-time Foot and Mouth Disease training in Nepal. Source: Sheep Central WoolProducers seeks new Foot and Mouth Disease trainees

NZ shearer sets new crossbred lamb shearing record in NSW

NEW Zealand shearer Aiden Copp on Saturday became the latest shearer to set world records on both sides of the Tasman Sea with a new record for Merino crossbred lambs achieved in a Riverina shed. Source: Sheep Central NZ shearer sets new crossbred lamb shearing record in NSW

Dubbo goats sell $10-$15 cheaper with less restocker demand

GOATS sold up to $10-$15 cheaper at Dubbo’s quarterly goat sale last week as continued dry conditions limited restocker activity. Source: Sheep Central Dubbo goats sell – cheaper with less restocker demand

More than $90 million paid in QLD flood recovery grants

More than $90 million in recovery grants has been paid to flood victims in North and North West Queensland in the six months since unprecedented weather devastated the region in February. About 1500 applications for financial assistance were approved for primary producers, totalling more than $82 million, while $7.8m was paid to flood-affected small businesses…. Read more »

Sheep and lamb prices lift for reduced AuctionsPlus offering

PRICES improved for a reduced online sheep and lamb offering on AuctionsPlus last week, with numbers falling 9000 to 49,800 head. Source: Sheep Central Sheep and lamb prices lift for reduced AuctionsPlus offering

Elders wool co-ordinator Sam Wan takes service to new level

ELDERS wool technical co-ordinator and auctioneer Samantha Wan has undertaken an array of industry roles while taking her company service role to new levels in technological development. Source: Sheep Central Elders wool co-ordinator Sam Wan takes service to new level

AWI CEO McCullough condemned for wool sale mechanism comment

WOOL growers, brokers and exporters have condemned comments by Australian Wool Innovation chief executive officer Stuart McCullough that the industry might consider an emergency strategy or mechanism to manage bale sales. Source: Sheep Central AWI CEO McCullough condemned for wool sale mechanism comment

Fickle season confounds national crop estimates

A strong, late break in Western Australia, Victoria and South Australia has led to good winter crop condition reports, with the latest ABARES crop outlook predicting a slightly improved wheat volume of 21.2 million tonnes (Mt). Source: Beef Central Fickle season confounds national crop estimates

Murray Arnel: Firm to easier for Ballarat steers + VIDEO

Prices bid for feeder and restocker cattle returned to the levels of last winter at this month’s Ballarat store cattle sale, Murrray Arnel reports. Source: Beef Central Murray Arnel: Firm to easier for Ballarat steers + VIDEO

Tariff on Australian beef to China doubles from Aug 17

China has doubled tariffs on eight important categories of Australian imported beef, after Australia triggered its 2019 annual beef quota to China following booming trade volumes this year. Source: Beef Central Tariff on Australian beef to China doubles from Aug 17

SA lifts GM moratorium

The South Australian Government has today announced farmers on mainland SA will be given the choice to plant GM food crops next season. Source: Grain Central SA lifts GM moratorium

Red meat white paper: Where does Government stand?

A big unknown surrounding the red meat MoU review process currently underway is where the Federal Government stands. Source: Beef Central Red meat white paper: Where does Government stand?

Perdaman eyes NSW fertiliser market with Narrabri plant

Perdaman plans to build a fertiliser plant in north-west NSW using power from Santos’ proposed Narrabri Gas Project. Source: Grain Central Perdaman eyes NSW fertiliser market with Narrabri plant

Fickle season confounds national crop estimates: NAB

Spring rain’s a must, despite good early conditions for winter crops in Western Australia, Victoria and South Australia the dry outlook is concerning says NAB. Source: Grain Central Fickle season confounds national crop estimates: NAB

WA season hangs in the balance

The winter crop growing season in Western Australia hangs in the balance for the majority of the grainbelt. Source: Grain Central WA season hangs in the balance

Weaners and yearlings continue to dominate larger AuctionsPlus offering

Cattle numbers totalled 9985 head on AuctionsPlus this week, up three percent or 312 head on last week. Weaners and yearlings continue to dominate the offering, totalling 7888 head. Impacts from the seasonal conditions remain present, with clearance dipping 13pc to total 64pc across all cattle offered. Source: Beef Central Weaners and yearlings continue… Read more »

Wool market drop leaves forward marketers faltering

THE wool forward market could provide no solace for buyers nor sellers this week, with the rate of auction price decline leaving sellers out of range and buyers unable to establish an offshore basis. Source: Sheep Central Wool market drop leaves forward marketers faltering

Russell blends innovation and skills to market wool and sheep

AUSTRALIAN Wool Network’s Russell Macgugan has taken a forward-looking approach to wool marketing in his eight years as a broker, with a strong focus on innovative development of the Merino… Source: Sheep Central Russell blends innovation and skills to market wool and sheep

Wool sellers balk at auction price drops of up to 200 cents

MORE than half the wool scheduled to sell at Australian auctions this week went unsold as growers balked at the biggest market downturn in more than 10 years. Source: Sheep Central Wool sellers balk at auction price drops of up to 200 cents

Recruitment: The importance of workplace culture for success

NOW, more than ever, employees are choosing red meat industry supply chain workplaces where they feel valued and believe in the overall mission of the business. It’s not surprising, then, that the most successful agribusinesses will always have a solid workplace culture in place. Source: Sheep Central Recruitment: The importance of workplace culture for… Read more »

Casino veal supply chain wins national food industry award

One of Australia’s most successful and enduring veal supply chains has won a major national food industry award. Northern Cooperative Meat Co’s Three River Farms veal brand won a major accolade in the annual Food and Beverage Industry awards held at Darling Harbour in Sydney last month. Source: Beef Central Casino veal supply chain… Read more »

Feedgrain Focus: Inverse stymies sales, prices ease on US tumble

Some growers in NSW are weighing up their options for grain, grazing or hay, while cereals trade flat to lower in the feed market to reflect Monday’s drop in US futures. Source: Beef Central Feedgrain Focus: Inverse stymies sales, prices ease on US tumble

Agriculture Victoria canvasses sheep and goat duty options

VICTORIAN sheep and goat producers are being asked to have their say on potentially increasing the 12-cent sale duty or levy they are charged when an animal is sold. Source: Sheep Central Agriculture Victoria canvasses sheep and goat duty options

Australia’s wool production tipped to hit lowest level in 95 years

AUSTRALIA’S wool production is forecast to hit its lowest level in almost 100 years this financial year, with market and seasonal conditions not indicating a quick turn-around. Source: Sheep Central Australia’s wool production tipped to hit lowest level in 95 years

Recruitment: Recognising the importance of workplace culture for business success

Now, more than ever, employees are choosing red meat industry supply chain workplaces where they feel valued and believe in the overall mission of the business. It’s not surprising, then, that the most successful agribusinesses will always have a solid workplace culture in place. Source: Beef Central Recruitment: Recognising the importance of workplace culture… Read more »

Eight messages from Senate grilling of new farm protection laws

New legislation which would introduce jail sentences for people who incite farm invasion and harassment was put under the microscrope by Senators in a public hearing in Canberra this week. Source: Beef Central Eight messages from Senate grilling of new farm protection laws

The family-owned butcher that's bucking the retail trend

A butcher shop in South Australia’s Bordertown bucks the retail trend by changing with the times, and staying open for more than 80 years. Source: ABC Livestock The family-owned butcher that’s bucking the retail trend

Meat Business Women network heads to Brisbane

On the back of a successful launch event in Melbourne in April, organisers of the Australian chapter of Meat Business Women have announced the network’s second event this year, to be held in Brisbane in October. Source: Beef Central Meat Business Women network heads to Brisbane

Is there really a problem with F1 Wagyu?

Recent discussions among Wagyu industry stakeholders have suggested that the premiums are returning to the market, prompting Mecardo to go back to the data to assess if the anecdotal evidence stacks up against the AuctionsPlus sales figures. Source: Beef Central Is there really a problem with F1 Wagyu?

Dalby sale 14 Aug 2019: Firmer market for 4571 cattle

The trend of a large supply of cows continued, along with a relatively small sample of heavy grown steers and bullocks, and a good supply of yearling steers and heifers. Source: Beef Central Dalby sale 14 Aug 2019: Firmer market for 4571 cattle

2020 NAB Agri Rising Champion winner announced

The winner of the 2020 NAB Agribusiness Rising Champion award was named at a Cattle Council gala dinner in Canberra last night. Source: Beef Central 2020 NAB Agri Rising Champion winner announced

JBS in mood for growth, as 2Q pre-tax earnings hit record A$1.89b

Global meat protein giant JBS is in a mood for growth, shareholders were told as the company delivered record pre-tax earnings for its second quarter of R$5.1 billion – the equivalent of $1.89b in Australian currency. Source: Beef Central JBS in mood for growth, as 2Q pre-tax earnings hit record A.89b

Indonesia to import 50,000t of beef from Brazil

Australian beef exports to Indonesia are facing more competition with the country yesterday announcing it will now open its market to imports of beef from Brazil. Source: Beef Central Indonesia to import 50,000t of beef from Brazil

Wool growers suffer as trade war crashes prices, drought bites

Australia’s wool growers are on the front line of the trade war between the US and China, with falling demand and crashing prices coinciding with a crippling drought. Source: ABC Livestock Wool growers suffer as trade war crashes prices, drought bites

Push to mass farm puffy pink seaweed that stops cows burping methane

The native Queensland seaweed that can stop bovines burping out methane could cut the country’s greenhouse emissions by 10 per cent, if it could be farmed on a scale to feed every cow in Australia, researchers say. Source: ABC Livestock Push to mass farm puffy pink seaweed that stops cows burping methane

Quad bike $1200 rebate period running out in Victoria

VICTORIAN farmers have reminded they have only six weeks to apply for a $1200 rebate under the Quad Bike Safety Rebate Scheme. Source: Sheep Central Quad bike 00 rebate period running out in Victoria

TFI launches its first livestock certification program

SOUTH Australian based meat and food processor Thomas Foods International has launched a voluntary livestock certification program to improve transparency and verification for overseas customers. Source: Sheep Central TFI launches its first livestock certification program

Market to expand national sheep and goat electronic tag uptake

NATIONALISATION of Victoria’s electronic ear tag system for sheep and goats is expected to occur through processor-imposed ‘no tag buy’ policies, saleyard managers were told last week. Source: Sheep Central Market to expand national sheep and goat electronic tag uptake

Beef brands perform with distinction in competitions across the nation

Best in class at Melbourne’s Food Awards for Mort & Co’s new Wagyu brand | JBS’s Yardstick program tops Regatta’s Beef-Off competition | Mobile abattoir-processed meat wins Australian Food Awards medal Source: Beef Central Beef brands perform with distinction in competitions across the nation

WA farmers jailed over Illegal pork semen imports

The circumstances that led to the jailing of two west Australian pig farmers this week have highlighted the disturbing potential that exists for Australia’s livestock industries to be exposed to devastating disease outbreaks. Source: Beef Central WA farmers jailed over Illegal pork semen imports

Can we feed the world without wrecking the planet?

Can agriculture meet the food demands of the world into the future and do it in a sustainable way? Source: Grain Central Can we feed the world without wrecking the planet?

Livestock carriers seek legal protection against animal activists

Australia’s livestock carriers want proposed federal agricultural protection trespass laws extended to protect them against animal activist attacks. Source: Beef Central Livestock carriers seek legal protection against animal activists

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 14 August 2019

Strong cold fronts and intense lows produced moderate falls and snow to low levels in parts of the southeast, as cold fronts brought light falls to parts of the southern coasts of Western Australia and South Australia, prior to the cold outbreak in the southeast. Source: Sheep Central Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook,… Read more »

SE Asia Report: Strong Indonesian feeder imports continue in July

News from Dr Ross Ainsworth’s South East Asia report this month includes strong continued contined feeder imports from Indonesia in July, returning supplies of frozen Indian buffalo meat in Indonesia, but at very low volumes, and a chapter closes as PT Elders Indonesia closes its remaining business. Source: Beef Central SE Asia Report: Strong… Read more »

Australia urgently needs real sustainable agriculture policy

Australia urgently needs a contemporary definition of sustainable agriculture, including agreed on-farm metrics, according to UNE senior research fellow and lecturer, Jacqueline Williams. Source: Beef Central Australia urgently needs real sustainable agriculture policy

Farmers jailed for smuggling pig semen in shampoo bottles

Two WA pig producers are jailed over an illegal pig semen racket that spawned more than 2,000 piglets in Australia. Source: ABC Livestock Farmers jailed for smuggling pig semen in shampoo bottles

Weekly genetics review: For some, spring bull sale results better than expected

On the back of a third year in drought and declining cow numbers, there has been quiet concern among many over prospects for this year’s spring bull sales as the July sales commenced. However some strong results, underpinned by bulk purchases from Queensland producers, have combined to keep clearances reasonably strong over the past four… Read more »

Rolleston’s Billabalong sets $22m record for Arcadia Valley country

Located in the heart of arguably the best cattle country in Queensland, 3900ha Billabalong station has set a price record for the Arcadia Valley region of more than $22 million, following completion of an expressions of interest campaign this week Source: Beef Central Rolleston’s Billabalong sets m record for Arcadia Valley country

Miners back stronger deterrents against trespass

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) supports the strong action the Federal Government is taking on anti-farming activists and is urging the Government to extend the laws to cover mining-related businesses and infrastructure. Source: Beef Central Miners back stronger deterrents against trespass

Wagga Sale 13 Aug 2019: Store buyers add competition

Cattle prices remained strong with bidding from processors, feedlots and restockers at higher levels throughout the sale. Source: Beef Central Wagga Sale 13 Aug 2019: Store buyers add competition

Sorry, but banning beef won’t save the planet

An English University has announced it will ban the sale of beef products from its campus food outlets to fight global warming – but students might ask: where is the supporting evidence? Academic standards typically require students to back up claims with supporting evidence, but, curiously in this instance, the university’s written announcement offers no… Read more »

TFI’s new livestock certification program aims to “build global appetite for quality Australian meat”

Beef and sheepmeat processor TFI has launched a new livestock certification program aiming to protect and build on Australia’s reputation for the highest quality, ethically and sustainably-raised beef, lamb, mutton and goat products, including claims around antibiotic and HGP use, ‘humanely-raised’ and ‘sustainable.’ Source: Beef Central TFI’s new livestock certification program aims to “build… Read more »

Weekly kill: Softening trend in saleyards sees some grid offers follow-suit

Further easing in saleyards pricing on slaughter cattle in the past ten days, combined with adequate supplies of paddock cattle has produced a softer trend in some Queensland processor direct consignment grids this week. Source: Beef Central Weekly kill: Softening trend in saleyards sees some grid offers follow-suit

Australia-EU Free Trade Agreement negotiations enter important phase

Negotiations over the Australia-European Union Free Trade Agreement continue to build momentum, as shown by this week’s launch of public consultations on the use of Geographic Indications. Source: Beef Central Australia-EU Free Trade Agreement negotiations enter important phase

Murray-Darling water markets inquiry begins

The ACCC has commenced an inquiry into markets for tradeable water rights in the Murray-Darling Basin. Source: Grain Central Murray-Darling water markets inquiry begins

Australia urgently needs real sustainable agriculture policy

Australia urgently needs a contemporary definition of sustainable agriculture, including agreed on-farm metrics, according to UNE senior research fellow and lecturer, Jacqueline Williams. Source: Grain Central Australia urgently needs real sustainable agriculture policy

Europe's campaign to stop Australia using the word feta advances

EU officials want to prevent Australian farmers from calling their cheese feta unless it comes from Greece. But efforts to restrict prosecco to only come from Italy face strong opposition. Source: ABC Livestock Europe’s campaign to stop Australia using the word feta advances

Major US beef abattoir fire could disrupt beef and cattle markets

A fire which destroyed one of the largest beef processing facilities in the United States on Saturday (Australian time) has the potential to disrupt beef and cattle markets, analysts say. Source: Beef Central Major US beef abattoir fire could disrupt beef and cattle markets

$13,500 record for steer during Ekka prime cattle auction

What may be a national record price for a beast from the prime cattle section of a Royal Show was set in Brisbane on Friday, when JBS Australia outlaid $13,500 for a charity steer sold during the show’s annual prime cattle sale. Source: Beef Central ,500 record for steer during Ekka prime cattle auction

MLA members urged to return levy notices for voting rights

MEAT & Livestock Australia members are being encouraged to return their levies notice to ensure they secure their full voting entitlement for any ballots and board elections held by MLA in 2019-20. Source: Sheep Central MLA members urged to return levy notices for voting rights

Practical skills and innovation have put wool into Matthew’s store

Sheep Central today publishes the first of three profiles of the finalists in the 2019 National Council of Wool Selling Brokers of Australia Wool Broker Award — Landmark’s Matthew Chambers who has used experience and innovation to establish a new wool store. Profiles of the other award finalists — Australian Wool Network’s Russell Macgugan and… Read more »

Lambs Alive climate-smart farming coming to Victoria

SHEEP producers succeeding at climate-smart farming will be featured in a series of forums across Victoria over the next four weeks. Consultant and producer Dr Jason Trompf through his program… Source: Sheep Central Lambs Alive climate-smart farming coming to Victoria

Ewe buyers and processors active in AuctionsPlus online sales

DEMAND for processing sheep and in-lamb ewes were features in the AuctionsPlus’ online sheep and lamb offering last week. Agents offered 58,751 head online last week, 1286 down, but prices fell slightly in all categories except scanned in-lamb Merino ewes. Source: Sheep Central Ewe buyers and processors active in AuctionsPlus online sales

June cattle on feed numbers hit new record 1.147 million head

Cattle on feed across Australia hit a new record high of more than 1.147 million head in the June quarterly feedlot survey results released this morning. Source: Beef Central June cattle on feed numbers hit new record 1.147 million head

New forward lamb contracts offered as NSW lambs come early

RECENT forward lamb contracts from major exporters have been welcomed by stock agents advising clients to secure price certainty for some of their 2019 production. Source: Sheep Central New forward lamb contracts offered as NSW lambs come early

Vegan food’s sustainability claims need to give the full picture

Looking at the underlying reports for Beyond Burger and Impossible Burger it becomes clear that statements such as “less water” and “less land” mean different things in practice. Source: Beef Central Vegan food’s sustainability claims need to give the full picture

GPS tracking devices help underpin animal production claims

GPS tracking devices aren’t just revolutionising livestock monitoring and offering up a solution to cattle theft – they’re also delivering guaranteed best practice certifications for consumers. Farming technology company IDS Australasia’s ‘GFARM’ tracker, which works hand-in-hand with livestock management tools to draw on real-time information, is now commercially available to producers. Source: Beef Central … Read more »

Dry winter keeps mouse numbers in check

Mouse numbers remain low in all areas across Australia, and will continue to decline through winter until spring when breeding starts. Source: Grain Central Dry winter keeps mouse numbers in check

Recruitment: Technology adoption in agriculture creates changing trends in jobs market

Agriculture is now undergoing its third major revolution from mechanical and scientific revolutions into the digital agriculture age, leading to an explosive demand for candidates possessing technology skills to fill the job market. Source: Grain Central Recruitment: Technology adoption in agriculture creates changing trends in jobs market

Outback droving families dying out as younger generations leave the industry

Generations of droving families have been running cattle through outback Queensland, but that could soon end as young people leave the regions in search of other opportunities. Source: ABC Livestock Outback droving families dying out as younger generations leave the industry

Lighter steer prices lift on AuctionsPlus

Ongoing adverse seasonal conditions have again been reflected in online livestock trading on AuctionsPlus this week. A total of 9545 cattle were listed, down about 20pc from last week’s 12,000 head, with clearance rates declining. Weaners and yearlings made up the vast majority of the offering, with 6000 head available. Source: Beef Central Lighter… Read more »

Townsville agent tops QLD’s Young Gun auctioneers

Ten young stock and station agents from across the state showcased their auctioneering talent at the 2019 Australian Livestock & Property Agents Association Queensland Young Auctioneers Competition at the Ekka earlier today. This year’s title was taken out by Liam Kirkwood, Ray White Livestock, Townsville, with Jack Henshaw, Elders, Goondiwindi runner-up. Source: Beef Central … Read more »

IPCC report – Red meat vital to global food security

Despite sparking a rash of mainstream headlines claiming a new report is urging the world to eat less meat or even ‘to go vegetarian’, an IPCC report published online overnight contains no mention of meat. Source: Sheep Central IPCC report – Red meat vital to global food security

Recruitment: Technology in agriculture is creating job market trends

Changing trends in modern agriculture mean an explosive demand for candidates possessing technology skills to fill the job market. A USDA-Purdue University study conducted several years ago estimated that by the year 2020, more than 15,000 new jobs would be created in US agriculture for people with technology skills, and a similar pattern is emerging… Read more »

RFF directors hit back at US short seller, increase shareholdings

Three Rural Funds Management directors have increased their individual share holdings in the listed rural property trust Rural Funds Group (RFF) as they continue to defend the company against claims by a US short seller that its stock is overvalued. Source: Beef Central RFF directors hit back at US short seller, increase shareholdings

Emergency fuel reserve must be held in Aus, truckies warn

Australia’s emergency fuel reserves must be held in Australia, chair of the Australian Trucking Association (ATA) Geoff Crouch said today, following reports the Australian Government is seeking access to the United States’ strategic petroleum reserve.  Source: Beef Central Emergency fuel reserve must be held in Aus, truckies warn

Australian Charolais evolve into ‘unique’ sub-type, carcase competition wins show

Few beef industry stakeholders today would recognise modern-day Charolais cattle from the parent breed that first came out to Australia in the 1960s, Palgroves David Bondfield said on Wednesday, while collecting a swag of major trophies from Brisbane Show s 100-day grainfed carcase competitions Source: Beef Central Australian Charolais evolve into ‘unique’ sub-type, carcase… Read more »

BASF to enter Australian wheat seed market

BASF plans to launch its first new wheat seed varieties onto the Australian market in 2021, working with Seednet as its commercial partner. Source: Grain Central BASF to enter Australian wheat seed market

Dartbrook coal mine approved to recommence operations

A controversial plan to reopen a ‘mothballed’ coal mine in the New South Wales Upper Hunter Valley is approved, but a five-year extension on the mine’s life is denied. Source: ABC Livestock Dartbrook coal mine approved to recommence operations

Kay’s Cuts: Beef eating habits defy US’s summer heatwave

While summer heatwaves like that experienced in the US during July typically see consumers abandon the barbecue for air-conditioning, the US beef market is proving to be remarkably resilient this year. Retailers and restaurateurs are paying higher prices because beef sales in both sectors are better than expected. “That’s partly a function of higher quality… Read more »

MSA Excellence in Eating Quality awards and forums set to return

Beef producers whose product consistently deliver superior eating quality are set to be recognised when the Meat Standards Australia 2019 Excellence in Eating Quality series is held nationally throughout September and October. Source: Beef Central MSA Excellence in Eating Quality awards and forums set to return

Wool growers hold bales as auction prices drop sharply

AUSTRALIAN wool growers refused to sell almost a third of the bales offered at auction this week, as the market suffered a large correction in the first sale series since a three-week recess. Source: Sheep Central Wool growers hold bales as auction prices drop sharply

Tehan advises sheep industry caution on China

SHEEP and wool producers were told there will be “serious ups and downs” in Australia’s relationship with China, but also huge opportunities for trade of goods and services. Source: Sheep Central Tehan advises sheep industry caution on China

Wool exporter Fox & Lillie investigates supply contracts

MAJOR wool exporter Fox & Lillie is negotiating a forward pricing scheme with one of the world’s largest processors as industry concerns about supply and price volatility increase. Source: Sheep Central Wool exporter Fox & Lillie investigates supply contracts

Aussie ag-tech start-ups named for India exchange program

AUSTRALIAN ag-tech start-ups covering electronic animal identification, agronomy and sustainable farming will be promoted in India in an exchange program in October this year. Source: Sheep Central Aussie ag-tech start-ups named for India exchange program